CAFÉ-SEA female PhD programme grants awarded

The Capacity building for Female Scientist in East Africa (CAFÉ-SEA) project will conduct a multidisciplinary PhD training programme to equip up to eight female scientists in infectious diseases research from under-represented countries in the Eastern Africa region. The programme aims to address the under-representation of women in academic science careers and the demand for high-quality scientists and researchers equipped with skills and knowledge in patient management and conducting high-quality clinical trials as well as preparedness of epidemic response.

The CAFÉ-SEA project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) with aid from the UK government as part of the EDCTP2 programme and is coordinated under the Eastern Africa Consortium for Clinical Research (EACCR), which is an EDCTP-funded Regional Network of Excellence. The primary goal of CAFÉ-SEA is to build capacity for research among female scientists in infectious diseases in the Eastern Africa region.

Five CAFÉ-SEA PhD fellows in East Africa were awarded a CAFÉ-SEA grant in January 2022:

  • Belyse Munezero (Burundi)
  • Miza Silima Vuai (Zanzibar)
  • Senait Tadesse Betele (Ethiopia)
  • Bukwan William Apar Odhok (South Sudan)
  • Agnes Gatarayiha (Rwanda)

This CAFÉ-SEA PhD programme will be delivered by five partners from the EACCR including Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Uganda, National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) and Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) in Tanzania, Kenya Medical Research Institute and African Research Collaboration for Health in Kenya and University of Rwanda. The programme has five tracks which include: implementation science, non-communicable diseases, epidemiology and biostatistics, research and development, and health economics. The programme will include specific courses prescribed by the enrolling universities in Eastern Africa but will be coordinated through the existing EACCR Network.